Os Gemeos interview

Os G?™meos are graffiti artist identical twin brothers from S?£o Paulo, Brazil. They started painting graffiti in 1987 and gradually became a main influence in the local scene. Their work often features yellow-skinned characters ‚Äì taken from the yellow tinge both of the twins have in their dreams ‚Äì but is otherwise diverse and ranges from tags to complicated murals. Subjects range from family portraits to commentary on S?£o Paulo‚Äôs social and political circumstances, as well as Brazilian folklore. Their graffiti style was influenced by both traditional hip hop style and the Brazilian graffiti movement. ILG caught up with the twins, read what they have to say about legal wholetrains, how it all started for them, and many more.

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ILG: What is Os Gemeos about? What does the name stand for and what does it mean except two brothers?

OG: It means “Twin brothers”. Family, partners, friends, complement, same world, same dreams…”One world, one voice”

ILG: We would like to hear the story about how it all started for you, you are always together, did you also start painting at the same time?

OG: Yes, we started at the same time. In our childhood we were always together, we created our on way to play. In the 80’s we got more and more into the hip hop culture. We did this breakdance thing, some rap music and of course graffiti. Brazil was a difficult place do run such a life in that time around 1986. We have to mention that everything was difficult, it was hard times. We were broke, no cash for cans, we never had that many colors to paint with. So we used latex paint and rollers for our fillins and we did outlines with an very limited amount of spraypaint, thats what we had to deal with. The cheap way to do graffiti in the streets of Brazil.

ILG: Who was up in that time, anyone you looked up to?

OG: Yes, it was the time of artists such as John Howard, Tupi Nao Da, Alex Valauri, stencil artists and some who did that typical freestyle stuff.

ILG: These artists were into classic graffiti writing or?

OG: No, we and other writers started the so called hip hop graffiti with lettering and b-boy characters. We had a very nice place to chill at, our writers bench “Metro Sao Bento”, the place where all the writers, b-boys, rappers and DJs met in that time.

the complete interview via ILG

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